Complementary and Alternative Medicine by river111


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  Complementary and Alternative
The long battle between alternative medicine
and scientific medicine appears to be over
with the appearance of complementary
medicine. Complementary medicine tries to
combine the best of both worlds by putting
the health of the patient ahead of medical
The term "alternative medicine" refers to
traditional and other methods of treatments
for which there is no discernible scientific
basis. The term "scientific medicine" which
is also called modern medicine, conventional
or Western medicine refers to methods of
medical treatment based purely or largely on
Traditionally practitioners of scientific
medicine looked down upon alternative
treatments as unscientific. At the same
time, many alternate healers dismissed
practitioners of scientific medicine as
arrogant, aloof and uncompassionate.
Today the two sides appear to have signed a
truce and are attempting to find common
ground. This common ground consists of a
compromise called complementary medicine. In
complementary medical treatment, medical
professors allow alternative practices as
long as they do not harm the patient.
Complementary Medicine Means Respect for
An example of complementary medicine would
be for a surgeon to allow a patient to
meditate or use an energy therapy before and
after surgery. These therapies don't
interfere in the surgery and they often
contribute to the psychological well being
of the patient.
Much of the rise of complementary medicine
can be attributed to the increased knowledge
of non Western cultures such as China and
the growing respect for their values and
traditions. Many the treatments and
techniques in alternate medicine are taken
from Chinese, Indian and other Asian
Another reason why complementary medicine
has become popular is the changing attitude
towards patients on the part of doctors and
other health professionals. In countries
like the United States, Britain and Germany
doctors were considered as all wise and all
knowing experts on health matters until
recent decades. This attitude meant that
many doctors held their patients thoughts
and opinions in contempt.
Today doctors and other health professionals
are taught to respect their patients and
their opinions. Part of the reason for this
respect is the growing number of women
doctors. Women are often more empathetic and
understanding than men are. Until quite
recently most doctors were men and they were
taught to boss their patients around.
Since doctors have to respect their patients
opinions they have to listen to their ideas
about medicine. This means doctors are
forced to take patients beliefs into account
and respect them.
Complementary Medicine Equals Opportunity
The spread of complementary medicine is
creating many opportunities for alternative
healthcare professionals. Many medical
clinics, hospitals and other healthcare
facilities are now employing chiropractors,
herbalists, acupuncturists and other
alternate medical practitioners.
Some medical facilities now have such
professionals on staff and offer many
alternate treatments to their patients on a
regular basis. It is very common for
chiropractors and massage therapists to be
involved in physical therapy and patient
rehabilitation for example.
Many practitioners of conventional medicine
also recognize the healing potential of some
alternative practices. Prayer and meditation
are widely recognized as being beneficial to
the healing process. Patients who engage in
these practices may develop a better
attitude and recover faster.
This means that there will be growing
opportunities for conventional and
alternatives healthcare workers. Many
healthcare providers will be looking for
professionals who have knowledge of both.
How to Take Advantage of Career
Opportunities in Complementary Medicine
Complementary medicine is going to be the
future of medicine. Patients will
increasingly expect healthcare professionals
to have knowledge of both conventional and
alternate therapies.
Healthcare organizations will be more
willing to make room on their staffs for
practitioners of alternative medicine.
Individuals who are willing to get an
education in both worlds of medicine will be
more likely to get the healthcare jobs of
the future if they have an education in
complementary medicine.

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